Experimental Audio Research

In E.A.R., Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember) allows himself to fixate on the long, dusky soundscapes that merely streaked the music of his other projects, Spacemen 3 and Spectrum. There’s no heed paid to linear structure here; pieces flow more than they develop. But ambient in this case doesn’t necessarily mean high-tech: For E.A.R.’s two recordings–Mesmerised and the new Beyond the Pale–Sonic Boom recruited My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields, Techno Animal saxophonist Kevin Martin, and AMM percussionist Eddie Prevost (though he’ll be leading a different group for this performance). With soft feedback, cheap organ buzz, cymbal sibilance, and analog synthesizer hum, they craft trance-inducing music for those still suspicious of the digital age. Given Sonic Boom’s past drug advocacy, there’s little doubt that this music is designed to be heard under the influence, but a comfortable chair or a nice spot on the floor will do just fine. Frontier and Citizens’ Utilities open. Thursday, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 276-3600.


Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photograph of Sonic Boom (aka Peter Kember).